Large crowds gather around the 10th green during day one of the Irish Open at Royal County Down. Photograph: PA

The Irish Open attendance figures are predicted to be off the charts at Newcastle. As dogged golf fans ignored the squalling showers that swept ove(...)

Brazil legend Sócrates confronts Alain Giresse in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup in Guadalaraja, Mexico, which France won in a penalty shoutout. Photograph: AFP/Getty

In the tunnel in Guadalajara, Sócrates stopped. One of the giants of Brazilian football turned around. He wanted to shake the hand of someone a few(...)

Shay Given during the Republic of Ireland squad workout at  Gannon Park, Malahide, yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For Shay Given to decide he wants to add to his 125 international caps is perfectly understandable, but then it would be reasonable, too, for the oth(...)

 Harlequin hotel Castlebar: Islandeady Properties has agreed a deal with KPMG receivers Kieran Wallace and Andrew O’Leary to buy it and the TF Hotel

It seems that Pat Jennings, the prominent Castlebar hotelier and an associate of Enda Kenny, has retained some skin in the sprawling hotel and theatre(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (R) - who is from Derry - and his assistant Roy Keane - a Corkman -  commentating for ITV on  the UEFA Champions League match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United in San Sebastian, Spain, earlier this week. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has proposed the creation of an all-Ireland soccer team to play charity games against England, alternately in Croke Park and Wemb(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty gets sent off off against Portugal last week. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has reiterated his dissatisfaction with striker Kyle Lafferty, claiming he has “contributed very little” to (...)